On Saturday, December 31, 2022, – the last day of the year – Chief Justice Roberts released a nine page report with a focus on the court and docket information of this past year. The document released by the United States Supreme Court show that federal courts received a lower amout of docketed cases during the 2022 fiscal year than it had compared to previous years. The report, which focuses almost solely on objective data, conveniently leaves out any mention of the long-awaited ethical discussions regarding the Courts’ most popularized cases.
One of the bills acknowledged in the report involved a man who is accused of attempted murder on Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The attack on Kavanaugh’s life came after the Dobbs leak earlier in the year. In response, Chief Justice Roberts wrote the following,
“The law requires every judge to swear an oath to perform his or her work without fear or favor, but we must support judges by ensuring their safety,” he wrote. “A judicial system cannot and should not live in fear.”